Christmas Walking in the heart of the Lakes

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Walk your way into Christmas

People either love the Christmas festive period or find it a very difficult time of the year for lots of different reasons. At Secret Hills Walking, we understand that ,we are known for our attention to detail in looking after each individual and for our empathy, ensuring that for whatever the reason they have a good, enjoyable, safe time, with folk in similar situations.

Due to the great success of our New Year holidays for the same above reasons we are excitingly now offering you this wonderful opportunity to join Jill Lawson in the beautiful heart of The Lake District at our 4 * hotel which looks over Lake Windemere.

Our Christmas festive holiday will combine great walking each day with lovely festive indulgences, and combining a lovely social, stress free experience.  It really will be a very special holiday. And it is really excellent value for money.

Accommodation and meals

Your stay

We stay at the four star and recently refurbished Hydro Hotel. in the centre of bustling Bowness on Windermere. The hotel is set back above the town with views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding hills.

One of Windermere’s oldest hotels was  re-opened in early 2017 after a multi-million-pound refurbishment.

Overlooking Lake Windermere, The Hydro Hotel is perfectly situated for both leisure and business guests now offering 78, en suite accommodation, many of which have been completely refurbished

It has  free Wi-Fi, free parking, a restaurant, a bar and 24-hour room service.

The hotel serves  local cuisine and seasonal dishes from the local area as first choice. In addition, you have a five course Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day

 There are several comfortable lounges for that pre dinner drink or to take a cup of tea after the walk.

The hotel has a pool.

Your meals

A hearty Lakes breakfast and tasty evening meals in the restaurant, superb service throughout.






The Festive walking programme

Our Christmas walks will take place around the heart of the Lakes in Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Langdale and will be around 6 to 8 miles. Our walks will use good paths and bridleways and take you through some fabulous landscapes, past tarns, lakes and from valleys to valleys. We will predominantly be doing low level walks which are undulating and should the weather allow, we will hopefully ascend a few mid level hills at 500 metres, or as an alternative-  you could walk around it..

We can be fully flexible and once we meet the group we determine the walks to fit the weather and group. One thing for sure is that every walk offers you stunning, unforgettable views of the beautiful Lake District....

 The Programme of walks

We offer three full days walking and two half days walking on this Christmas Walking break

The programme is as follows

December 23 - arrive prior to 1.30pm and we walk from 2pm in the local area above the hotel. Mulled wine and mince pies at 4.30pm

December 24 - Christmas Eve - full days walk starting at 9.15am and ending at 3.30pm at the hotel

December 25 - Christmas Day - yes, a walk until about 2.30pm, then get ready for your Christmas Day Traditional lunch at 3.30pm

December 26 - Boxing Day - full days walk until 3.30pm

December 27 - check out, and half a days walk til approximately 1pm. This is an optional walk.



The Christmas Festive Package


Each person will have a view on how they want to celebrate it,  or not, and in what way.

 Some of you will celebrate it, some will want to have a quiet time- we understand this- and the programme below gives you the opportunity to join in or opt out.

23 December - after our walk- mince pies and mulled wine in the lounge

7pm 3 course evening dinner

24 December Christmas Eve

9am: full days walk with pub lunch

4pm: Tea and cakes  at the hotel

7pm : Cava drinks reception

7:30pm : Christmas Eve -3 Course Dinner

25 December Christmas Day

8am : Breakfast with Buck's Fizz

9am:  full days walk until 3pm - then

 3,30pm 5 Course Gala Christmas Dinner

7pm : Cava drinks reception

During the evening- a Christmas buffet at a time to be determined.

26 December Boxing Day

9am: Full days walk with pub lunch

4pm: Tea and cakes at hotel

7:30pm Boxing Day 3 Course Dinner

27th December

9am: Morning walk- optional-  then depart.- no lunch is included on the last day.


Holiday highlights

Highlights of this festive period holiday are

- superb host hotel

- the beautiful Lake District to enjoy on your walks

-  after our Christmas Day walk - a lovely Christmas festive dinner

- tea and cakes on your return after your walks

- festive drinks reception on Christmas evening

- Bowness just a 100 yards away with its many Christmassy shops and cafes



What's included in your holiday

What you get on this Christmas holiday

  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite four nights
  • Dinner- three courses – three nights
  • Five course Christmas Day Gala Dinner
  • Country Pub Lunches-two days
  • Personal service - includes train pickup and set downs, individual holiday planning for you
  • Total flexibility on when you arrive and depart - come for as many or few days as you want
  • Expert guiding/three full days and two half day walks
  • No single supplement/reduction for twin and double occupancy
  • Two drinks receptions
  • The total Christmas package offered by Hydro Hotel - to be published when the hotel publish this programme
  • A social, relaxed, stress free approach

Double/Twin and Single Occupancy rooms

We have negotiated special terms as follows:

For Sole Occupany - £775  per person- four nights

For Twin room occupancy - £675   per person- ie two people sharing a twin room

For Double room occupancy - £675   per person - ie two people sharing a double room

The Lake District - every season has it's pleasure

The Lake District- why choose this walking area at Christmas

An area of outstanding natural beauty- Britains best loved national park, the Lake District has immense beauty, great diversity and striking contrasts from its high fells to deep valleys, by its cascading rivers, tarns and great lakes, by woods, fields and its lovely quaint villages and hamlets.

Cumbria’s mountainous landscape, deepest valleys and longest lakes have provided inspiration for generations of artists, poets and writers from Wordsworth, Ruskin, Wainwright and Beatrix Potter

Walking in the Lakes is a lifelong ever changing experience. It offers a vast range of very good, well maintained paths which give you full access to the hills, fells and lakes. No matter where you walk, whether it be along the valley, or to the crest of a low level hill you are rewarded with a 360 degree panorama of fells and beauty.

Whatever the weather, throughout the seasons, the Lake District offers an ever changing kaleidoscope of mood and colour. It really is one of the most special places on earth and really needs to be visited and its paths walked.

How to find us

Train pick ups

If you arrive at Windermere station by 1pm, we will pick you up, though there are many local taxi's at the station and it is just a 2 mile journey

  • 12 mile from M6 junction 3

By Road

Exit M6 (J36) and take A591 to Windermere. Follow signs for Bowness and we are situated in the heart of Bowness, on Helm Road. Once in The Lakes many people choose to take advantage of the local public transport to discover the area including the very popular Lakeland ferry crossing. For further details please speak with our reception team who will happy to help you.

Christmas In Bowness

Bowness is a busy, thriving little town, It has superb shops and cafes and its fun to wander down streets lined with Christmas decorations and goodies.

Stroll down to the lake side and even catch a boat over to Ambleside.

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Our Promise To You
You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

What Others Said...

Lakes March 2017 Gill and Tom were magnificent and were constantly attentive to our comfort and safety in adverse weather conditions; whilst ensuring we were actually offered walks.

Harriet Aitchinson